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Articles from April 2019

District-wide Summer Hours Begin May 20

Beginning on May 20, all Laveen school and district offices will generally be open Monday – Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. throughout the summer. Please visit the school’s website for individual closings. Our regular Monday – Friday schedule will resume July 22.

All offices will be closed on May 27 for Memorial Day and July 4 for Independence Day.

All schools, except Vista del Sur, will be holding extended registration hours on July 23 from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

For information on Summer Meal hours visit Child Nutrition’s Summer Meals page.

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Children Eat Free All Summer

School might be out, but Laveen schools are serving breakfast and lunch to all kids all summer!

Children 18 years and younger may join us throughout the summer for nutritious breakfast and lunch. All kids’ meals are free. Breakfast and Lunch will be served at five of our school sites. New for 2019, we will also be serving an afternoon snack and dinner at the Playa Margarita Community Center, 3615 W. Roeser.

There are no income requirements and you do not need to register. Children do not need to be enrolled in a Laveen school to participate.

The summer meal program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Visit our Summer Meals page for locations, serving times, and additional information.




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Early Childhood Fair is April 24

Join us for this free event showcasing resources for current and future parents of children under 5.

  •  Activities for Children
  • Preschool Opportunities
  • Child Health & Development
  • Community Programs & Resources


Applications for Laveen’s preschool will be accepted at this event.

Visit our Early Childhood Fair page for more details.

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The Laveen District wants your feedback! Deadline extended to May 11.

The Laveen Elementary School District wants to hear what you have to say about your school and your school district!The district has contracted with Hazard, Young, Attea, and Associates (HYA) as an independent third party to conduct a comprehensive, thorough, and productive community engagement process. The team’s goal is to provide the Laveen District with accurate information identifying and measuring community, parent, student, and staff perceptions of Laveen’s schools.We are asking all members of the Laveen community, whether or not you have children in our schools, to take an online survey.Surveys will close on May 11, 2019.

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Paseo student is finalist in statewide cooking challenge

Paseo Pointe student Marion Colum was one of four finalists in the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona 2019 Walk On! Kids Cooking Challenge.

This statewide competition invites kids between the ages of 9 and 12 to submit ideas for healthy side dish recipes. Recipes had to be original, include at least one fruit or vegetable, and be able to be prepared in 20 minutes or less. Marion’s dish was his “Healthy Salad” that was filled with broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes, and carrots.

Recipe submissions underwent a three-part scoring process. First, a nutrition specialist reviewed all the recipe submissions and chose the top five finalists based on each recipe’s nutritional balance between vegetables, fruits and other ingredients. Then the top five finalists participated in a public event at a Phoenix Suns home game, where game attendees had a chance to taste and vote for their favorite recipe. For the third part of the scoring process, videos of contestants discussing what makes their recipe so good were posted online for a public vote.

To find his recipe, visit the Walk On! website.

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Governor Ducey Visits Paseo Pointe School

Paseo Pointe School welcomed Governor Doug Ducey on April 9. The Governor visited several classrooms including Paseo’s Dual Language Immersion classes, where he witnessed similar lessons being taught in English and Spanish, and the school’s media club where he was interviewed as part of the student-run newscast. The Governor also read an Arizona-themed story, “Three Little Javelinas” to first grade students.

The tour concluded with a round table discussion centered on the Arizona Teachers Academy – the Governor’s initiative to encourage college students to pursue a teaching degree without student debt being a deterring factor. Students who enter this program agree to commit one year to teaching for each year they receive the scholarship. Participants included Northern Arizona University President Dr. Rita Cheng and College of Education Dean Ramona Mellott, Arizona Board of Regents Fred DuVal and Larry Penley, several Laveen student teachers/ interns who are part of the academy, Principal Kristi Pashley, and Superintendent Johnson.

Students who enter this program agree to commit one year to teaching for each year they receive the scholarship that covers their tuition.


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Prospective Parents: Open Houses Scheduled at Each Laveen School

Open House GraphicEach of Laveen’s eight schools will host an Open House between March 25 and April 4. Here, you will be provided with an overview of the school and a tour of the campus with special emphasis on the school’s signature program.We encourage prospective families to attend and see what makes Laveen schools the right choice for your child.

Visit our Open House page for the schedule and details.

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5th Annual Laveen Spring Arts Festival is April 5

Join us for the 5th Annual Laveen Spring Arts Festival on April 5. The event will feature numerous arts and crafts vendors, craft activities for children, Laveen student performances, and food. Entrance to the event is free. Tickets will be sold to participate in the activities.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Foundation which provides scholarships to Laveen 8th grade students entering high school and former Laveen students entering college.

The event takes place from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Laveen Education Center Lawn, 5001 W. Dobbins.

Visit the Spring Arts Festival page for more information and vendor opportunities.

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Paseo Students Practice Spanish Skills At Pop-Up Restaurante

As part of Paseo Pointe’s Dual Language Immersion program, student participated in a pop up restaurant where they ordered and conversed only in Spanish.

Students were seated at small tables along with a volunteer who took their lunch order in Spanish and led the conversation. A cafeteria menu written in Spanish was provided to each student.

Notecards were placed at each table with conversation starters.


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